To be frank, attempting to determine the precise time that you need new tires is like winning the lottery. Extremely difficult. Still, there are ways to measure a vague timeframe of when it’s necessary to consider buying new tires. What we can be certain of is that the more wear and tear a tire undergoes, the closer is gets being in a state of high-risk. The original purpose of a tire tread’s design is to reroute the liquids and debris from underneath the tire to improve traction of a wet surface. When a tire gets worn down, the tread’s design is no longer effective, which put the driver of that vehicle in danger. As soon as a tire wears down to 1/16th of an inch, it is deemed as undependable. Many professionals suggest that you don’t wait that long to get new tires because you will be putting your safety at risk.
There are various factors that control the lifespan of a tire, such as:
- Driving style
- Conditions of the road
- Driver’s attentiveness to their tires
- Type of tire
Signs You Need New Tires
The first thing to consider when you’re wondering if it’s time for new tires is tire tread depth. The tread on your tires should never fall below 1.6 millimeters in depth. While you can buy a tire gauge to measure tread depth (like you’ll see at a tire shop), there’s a simple method that’ll give you a general idea if you need new tires—and it won’t cost you a penny. In fact, it is a penny. Insert Lincoln’s head (head-down) into the tread. If Lincoln’s entire head remains visible, you don’t have enough tread, and you need new tires. Also check for cracks in the tire sidewall, bulges and/or blisters on your tires, and, if your car is vibrating a lot, you may need new tires or a wheel alignment (see below).
There are still many other factors contribute to the determent of tires that are often out of your control, which includes weather cracking and sidewall integrity. As tires either age or are exposed to extreme weather conditions, the rubber begins to lose elasticity and cracks appear on the surface. Some cracking might not mean you need new tires, but if you notice a lot of splintering, it's a good idea to take your car to a tire shop where a professional can help you determine if you need new tires.
Just as the condition of your tires are important, so is your tire alignment and should be examined when examining the tires as well. Proper alignment is supplemental to your tires by helping them perform substantially and increase their lifetime. Furthermore, it enhances handling and prevents your car from pulling in one direction or wobbling strangely on the road. If you think that you are in need of a tire alignment, take your vehicle in to get inspected immediately.